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ERIC Number: ED133760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 129
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A Study of the Linguistic Performance of Elementary School Children in Response to Selected Examples of Simile and Metaphor.
Ehmann, Jeanne Stettner
The cognitive levels of 60 children from grades one, three, and five were compared with their linguistic performance on selected examples of similes and metaphors. Cognitive level was measured using Raven's Colored Progressive Matrices; a new instrument was developed to assess children's linguistic performance. Results indicated a significant relationship between cognitive level and total score for linguistic performance. All children were significantly more successful on denotative linguistic structure than on connotative structure; older children were more successful on both than were younger children. Implicitness-explicitness did not affect performance, but concreteness in denotative structures was easier than concreteness in connotative structures. Concreteness in connotative structures was significantly more difficult than abstractness, a finding which was attributed to syntax rather than to semantics. Results were interpreted as indicating that there is a relationship between developmental level and linguistic processing and that this processing is influenced by both semantics and syntax. (Author/AA)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Albany